Functional gut disorders and health care seeking behavior in an Italian non-patient population

Recenti Prog Med. 1989 May;80(5):241-4.


We conducted a survey on functional gut disorders and health care seeking behavior in a large non-patient population of an Italian region (Umbria). 533 subjects were interviewed by means of a specific questionnaire. 44 (8.5%) reported symptoms compatible with the irritable bowel syndrome, 30 (5.8%) had non-colonic pain, 48 (9.2%) chronic constipation, and 20 (3.8%) dyspepsia. It is concluded that in our region there is a relatively high percentage of subjects that do not commonly seek health care, although affected by functional gut disorders.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires